When no amount of preparation makes one ready, but it arrives anyway
with it's ugly promise of tearing-loss.
This blessing is for the hanging-on, the holding close memorization of every detail
before the letting go, the opening up and releasing in farewell.
This blessing is for the part that comes after when a new normal is needed,
but still so far fetched and foreign.
It doesn't fit, but is there when the waves of undefinable ache intertwine with feeling okay,
and false guilt tries to seep around both.
This blessing is for receiving with palms open and raised,
for it was this same blessing which authored the hello;
that very wonderful first hello, without which this horrible goodbye never would have made it's way to us,
and in that, we touch a tender mystery.
This blessing wraps around, before, underneath, over and after,
because it is His fullness filling all in all;
the hello and goodbye, the receiving and losing, the now and not-yet....
All of it, filled with what surely will be!
"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, no powers, nor height nor depth, no anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans8:38-39